REVIEW: KILL SHAKESPEARE

An Origin story: When I was a little kid, maybe six years old, my dad’s brother and his family moved in with us temporarily. All told it was only a period of about nine months, but my memory has stretched this visit out into something far more mythic. Along with close quarters bonding time with my extended family, something else important happened during that period – … Continue reading REVIEW: KILL SHAKESPEARE

KILL SHAKESPEARE PRE-GAME: THE COMIC

My Pre-Gaming for Gideon Productions’ staging of Kill Shakespeare continues with this post about the IDW comic. The  comic Kill Shakespeare attempts to do for the iconic Shakespearean characters what the Avengers and Justice League comics have always done for the iconic super hero characters: establish a shared continuity and execute a massive team-up. I should say upfront that I feel it’s an attempt that … Continue reading KILL SHAKESPEARE PRE-GAME: THE COMIC

KILL SHAKESPEARE PRE-GAME: GIDEON PRODUCTIONS

As a longtime Shakespeare guy and comic book guy, the IDW comic Kill Shakespeare has been on my radar for a while. Even so, I didn’t make time for it until I stumbled across a small blip on the internet saying that a theatrical production was to be mounted at HERE Arts Center by the fine folks over at Gideon Productions – the daring Brooklyn … Continue reading KILL SHAKESPEARE PRE-GAME: GIDEON PRODUCTIONS

REVIEW: ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON PART 1

Moon #1:  “Playing the Hand You’re Dealt” “I’m going to bore you to tears with the very heart of me.” About halfway through the first installment of Mike Daisey’s All the Face of the Moon, he uses the quote above to liken his monologing to a kind of therapy.  It’s a bizarre relationship from his perspective, wherein he talks and talks about his inner life … Continue reading REVIEW: ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON PART 1

ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON PRE-GAME

Monologist Mike Daisey is currently in the midst of an epic 29-night “theatrical novel” called All the Faces of the Moon.  Each night from September 5th through October 3rd, Daisey has performed and will perform a new “chapter” at Joe’s Pub.  When I first heard about this ambitious format, my first instinct as someone who (wrongly) considers himself a hardcore theater commentator was that I … Continue reading ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON PRE-GAME

FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE 3RD GENDER

The future of playwright Peter Zachari’s New York Fringe offering The 3rd Gender promises all kinds of high-tech wonders: ray-guys, body-synced super-smartphones, and talking holograms.  Just one catch – if prenatal tests indicate you are not going to be born into the elite sexual class – called the “3rd Gender” – the doctors will use a creepy glowing abortion crystal to terminate you in utero.  … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE 3RD GENDER

FRINGENYC REVIEW: HORSEHEAD

We’ll begin with a seminal scene from director Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: It’s a testament to Coppola’s masterful filmmaking that in this scene, when Hollywood hotshot Jack Woltz wakes up in his bed with the severed head of his prized stallion, the horror is so invasive and so telling of the reach of Don Corleone that no one ever gives a second thought to … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: HORSEHEAD

FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE LOLLAPACOACHAROOZASTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Lollapacoacharoozastock Music Festival descends upon the NY Fringe Festival via the Groundlings comedy troupe from LA!  The lineup features killer music from the likes of Disney Channel stars Eli Porter and Destyn Reign, country music crooners The Meadow Muffins, 90’s alt-rockers Simon Never Said, and power ballads from the legendary rockers of Plymouth Voyager. Here’s the thing – they are all the same people.  … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE LOLLAPACOACHAROOZASTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRINGENYC REVIEW: OLD FAMILIAR FACES

Harold Bloom, the most muckity of literary muckity-mucks, frequently refers to the works of William Shakespeare as the secular scriptures.  Bloom always tends toward hyperbole when talking about Shakespeare, but he’s certainly on to something here; for the intellectuals who find no solace in the Psalms, there are the Sonnets.  For the cynics who do not share good news of Jesus, there are plenty of … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: OLD FAMILIAR FACES